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Dungarvan

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Dungarvan (Dún Garbháin in Irish) is a town and harbour on the south coast of Ireland in the province of Munster. Dungarvan is the administrative centre of County Waterford. The town's Irish name means "Garbhan's fort", referring to the Saint Garbhan who founded a church there in the seventh century.

The town lies on the N25 road (European route E30), which connects Cork, Waterford and Rosslare Europort.

Until 1967 Dungarvan had a railway station on the Great Southern & Western Railway route from Mallow in County Cork to Waterford, which saw daily "Boat Express" trains between Cork and Rosslare Harbour. See history of rail transport in Ireland.

Dungarvan is possibly the only town in Ireland to still have CATV provided by a local privately held company, who provide Dungarvan with 9 Mbit/s uncapped cable internet connections at a price which would get a 1Mbit capped ADSL connection from Eircom.

The town is separated from the open ocean by a shallow, eastward facing bay. At its mouth, the bay is about 2 miles wide, and the town of Dungarvan is about 4 miles from the mouth. There is a meandering navigation channel leading into Dungarvan from the ocean, which is marked by red/green buoys. For most vessels (except small dingies) this channel is not usable at low tide. Even at high tide, cruising yachts and larger vessels must be careful to remain in the buoyed channel. There is a well-maintained concrete slipway in Dungarvan town, suitable for launching vessels up to 8 metres in length. However larger vessels should only use it up to three hours, either side of high tide. Moorings are usually made available to visiting yachts by Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, often free of charge.

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